Have you ever considered what role persecution has in the life of a follower of Christ? Or, how can we develop a healthy attitude towards the challenges we face? Another way to think about this is to ask, what is our ‘theology of suffering’? Reflect on these questions as you watch the following video from Curtis Sergeant.
Today I’d like to share with you a blog post from Dr. Bob Snyder with IHS Global. It’s about calling, but also about being. Bob wrote:
At times on my journey with Jesus it has been difficult to discern what God is calling me to do. Actually the call of God is quite simple. Jesus most often expressed it in two words, ‘Follow me’.
“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 NIV
His desire for me is to be more and more like Him in my inner being and reflect Him in all that I do. Jesus’ call for my life is not about vocation or geography but rather to BE more like Him in absolutely every area of my life.
However, whenever I prioritize DOING for Jesus over BEING like Him, I can find it easy to justify un-Christ-like behavior in the name of DOING good.
The call of Jesus is to be more like Him each day. That must start deep inside of me. (Matthew 5:3-10)
What if we all started to view time as a precious commodity, something to be carefully stewarded and wisely managed? What difference would it make for God’s Kingdom if His people recognized that every second … matters? Watch this video.
Do you put God in a box? How big is your box?
Curtis Sergeant fears that we ALL put God is a box sometimes. He also holds that ALL of us can do some enlarging of that box (and some searching for a deeper bottom). Listen as he explains.
While watching some videos from the 2015 Finishing The Task conference (a meeting focused on how we can take the Gospel to the remaining unreached people groups of the world), I was struck by what Francis Chan shared at the start of his talk. It was a confession of sorts, and in it I heard my own voice as well. Listen to this clip, and ask God to reveal to you what attitudes or actions might need to change in your life.